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Weeknotes 2022-12-05

, Jochen
my work is terrible, and if *you* like it, well that says more about you than it does about me @carnapping

Worked the whole week with sick kids at home and finally got sick, too. Using the new Wagtail-based django-cast in production revealed lots of little bugs I tried to fix:

  • Fixed the title tag for post detail pages - thanks to Johannes for reporting this
  • Fixed gallery.html images to link to the original image source image (not relevant for this site, but sometimes relatives are trying to print out photos, etc: now they get at least a fair chance to print decent-looking images)
  • Lazy loading for gallery images (the image sizes are not quite right, yet this is just a mitigation)
  • Increased Gunicorn timeout to 10 minutes -> it's now possible to upload big videos
  • Fixed the size of the feed logo for my homepage (the python-podcast logo is inside a javascript blob called subscribe button, I have no idea how to put a size on that)
  • Upgraded from raven to sentry_sdk for my homepage and python-podcast (depleted my sentry transaction immediately, I have no idea why)
  • Fixed traefik config for mastodon: removed the separate config file for streaming
  • Fixed x-forwarded-for logging for Gunicorn for django-template, homepage, and python-podcast.de
  • Updated bootstrap and jquery for my homepage and python-podcast, removed popper
  • Added Plausible to my homepage and python-podcast (my own analytics stuff is still broken, maybe someone fixed this in the meantime by providing a suitable SaaS?)
  • Fixed a small bug in django-cast causing wagtail preview to fail

Merged a PR to my little kptncook command line scraper. More about this in Kptncook and Mealie.

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Fediverse / Indieweb

Seems this should get its own category by now 😎.

Twitter / Mastodon

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Kptncook and Mealie

, Jochen

Kptncook is a popular app attempting to answer the infamous "What do you want to cook today?" question. The recipes and the design of the app are good. The technical implementation is a little bit wonky but sufficient.

But what if you want to store some additional information on a recipe? Or generate a grocery list from a recipe or include recipes from other sources? While kptncook is great as a source of inspiration, it is not possible to use it as a recipe manager. And it's also difficult to add recipes from kptncook to a real recipe manager like paprika since the URLs generated by kptncook don't include enough details to be useful.

But somehow the kptncook app can extract those details from a shared recipe URL, so it's probably possible to scrape those details using only the recipe id. This is what ktpncook does, a small command line client I wrote earlier this year. At about the same time, someone recommended Mealie to me, a powerful recipe manager using fastAPI in the backend and Vue.js in the front end, a stack I'm familiar with. So I thought: Hmm, maybe it's possible to just import all of my kptncook recipes into Mealie?

And yes, that's an additional thing the kptncook CLI app does now. But until this weekend it was limited to just one image per recipe and the ingredients were not properly transferred and therefore it was not possible to increase the number of portions in mealie etc.

This has all changed now due to this pull request by Alexander Detsch providing per-step images and improved information about food/ingredients. One of the especially useful tricks was to modify the headers of the request sent to the kptncook API to get a more detailed recipe. Thanks a lot 🙏.


Weeknotes 2022-11-28

, Jochen

Did some cleanup after switching to the new wagtail-based django-cast for my homepage and python-podcast.de. Had to rename the users, backup, and remove the old services. Made sure the new backup is working. Then I deployed a self-hosted Mastodon instance and migrated my user there, which worked out well.

Went to the trivago Tech Get Together event to meet with friends and former co-workers. Had a lot of fun and heard about openpodcast.de - an open platform for podcast analytics, which is an interesting and promising project.

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TIL this week

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TIL: Setting up a Mastodon Instance

, Jochen

This was easier than expected. For the most part, I followed the official "Installing from source" documentation. But there were some differences, too. Therefore writing this up might be useful for someone with a similar setup.

The Stack I Used

  • Ansible to set up the user account / database / config files
  • Traefik as a reverse proxy load-balancer also handling SSL termination and gzip compression


Weeknotes 2022-11-21

, Jochen
"Better to sink in boundless deeps, than float on vulgar shoals; and give me, ye gods, an utter wreck, if wreck I do." —Mardi

Lots of stuff happened last week besides work. After we finally found time to meet for some podcasting the week before last week, I finished producing our podcast episode about Python 3.11 😎.

Last week I wondered how long it will take to migrate the content after being able to deploy my new wagtail-based django-cast version. Turns out it didn't take that long, because now both this website and python-podcast.de are running the latest Python/Django/Wagtail combination. Ok, I have to admit it was a lot of work, and I broke some stuff, but now it's done. Finally 🍾! I started this project around 2019, so long ago that I don't even remember exactly when!

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No images this week, I was busy sitting inside staring at computer screens.